The US House of Representatives took a giant bipartisan step toward involving women in peace and security by passing legislation to make inclusive security a core component of US foreign policy.
The chamber today adopted the Women, Peace, and Security Act on a voice vote. The measure now moves to the Senate.
During a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing held earlier this year, members on both sides of the aisle committed to ensure progress through US leadership on the issue.
We commend the House for its action today to live up to that commitment.
For the last four years, Inclusive Security has worked with congressional champions to move the Women, Peace, and Security Act forward. The bill was updated and reintroduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year with strong bipartisan support by Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), and Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY). We thank these co-sponsors, as well as all the members who helped advance the bill, including its other original supporters: Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).
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